Leonid Razvozzhaev reappears

14 March 2013 

Source: HRO.org (info)
Opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhaev has reappeared in Chelyabinsk, where he was transported under guard from Irkutsk, according to the Twitter account of State Duma deputy Ilya Ponomarev on 14th March. It remains unknown which detention centre is holding Razvozzhaev.

The opposition activist’s lawyer, Dmitry Agranovsky, had declared the previous day that his client was missing. Nobody knew where he was being held, be it lawyers, relatives or journalists. According to unofficial sources, Razvozzhaev had been moved from Irkutsk to Khabarovsk, reports Russian news agency Baikal24.

Leonid Razvozzhaev was transported under guard on 9th March from an Irkutsk pre-trial detention centre to another establishment of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia (FSIN), but where exactly he was sent to remained unknown. The FSIN refused to disclose the whereabouts of his captivity, explaining that this was ‘classified information’.

According to Dmitry Agranovsky, lawyer Vyacheslav Ivanets attempted to see Razvozzhaev in the detention centre on 11th March. However, while staff initially asserted that he was indeed present in the establishment, they then announced that he had been taken away.

At the end of February, detention centre No.1 in Irkutsk received orders from the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for Leonid Razvozzhaev to be transported under guard to Moscow. His lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky then announced to journalists that he had received a response to his request for documentation from the Irkutsk detention centre. “Razvozzhaev will be taken to Moscow on the next routine prisoner transport train,” the lawyer stated with certainty.

The opposition activist was taken to Irkutsk oblast in January this year to be investigated regarding a robbery which took place in Angarsk in 1997. The case was then closed due to the expiry of the time set by the statute of limitations, but Razvozzhaev remained in the detention centre and complained of worsening health problems. His lawyers requested on more than one occasion that their client be moved back from Irkutsk to Moscow as quickly as possible.

Leonid Razvozzhaev is also under investigation with regard to a criminal case concerning the planning of mass rioting in Russia.